'Here's to the round pegs in the square holes'
November 14, 2011

“Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently—they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -- Steve Jobs

Cardiac surgeon David Murphy didn’t get the Steve Jobs quote quite right, but the sentiment was there. Speaking at NSCAD University’s student awards reception on Wednesday, Nov. 9, he toasted the “crazy ones” — NSCAD students who enrich the Halifax and Nova Scotia community with their creativity and impress with their distinguished and varied accomplishments.

The reception was a chance to recognize students who received NSCAD’s scholarships and bursaries but also to recognize donors like Dr. Murphy and his wife Sonia Salisbury Murphy, who contribute generously of both their time and money to NSCAD University.  More than $190,000 in awards were distributed.

“We know you’re not here just to have a good time,” said Dr. Sonia Salisbury Murphy. “We know you’re here to pursue your dreams and that’s why we want to support you.”

NSCAD students April Dean and Najet Ghanai spoke about what the funding support means to them.

From Edmonton, Alberta, MFA student April Dean said the two scholarships she received—the Harrison McCain Scholarship in Memory of Marion McCain and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant—have drastically altered her experience at NSCAD. The support means she doesn’t have to worry about money and she is able to concentrate on her studio practice and research.

“I wake up every day feeling totally grateful,” says April, a printmaker. “I feel like I need to squeeze every bit of opportunity out of every single dollar that has been so generously given to me.”

Third-year student Najet Ghanai says your outlook changes when even one of a student’s financial stresses are lifted—expenses that include rent, food, utilities, supplies, books, tuition and transportation.  But moreover, recognition received through a scholarship acts as a boost to your confidence—“it’s giving you credit; you’ve done something that other people have noticed. You feel your work is valued and it pushes you further.”

An interdisciplinary student interested in design and sculpture, Najet adds financial support has also given her the luxury to explore her passion—furniture design—which she discovered in a foundation-year art history class. She’s hoping to explore furniture design further by going on an exchange to the United States next term.

“NSCAD has been the place for me, allowing me to narrow in on my interest while giving me the freedom to play and experiment,” says Najet, recipient of a SUNSCAD Scholarship for Student Involvement, the Sullivan Award in Memory of Mervyn D. Sullivan and a Robert Pope Foundation Undergraduate Award. “It’s so exciting to discover your passion. At first I thought it might be a fad but I’m just as hungry for furniture design as ever.”

Award and recipients, Fall and Winter 2011:

14th Palette Art Group in Memory of Catherine McMillen
Woochang Kim

Joan Backes Art and Nature Award
Alice MacLean

Beacon Securities Scholarship
Ambera Wellmann

Roloff Beny Photography Scholarship
Heath Simpson
Rebecca Viau
Eliot Wright

BMO Financial Group Entrance Scholarship
Josianne Desrochers

Peter Brooks Award
Theresa Capell

Lou Cable Memorial Scholarship
Caitlyn Vachon

J. Dukelow Bursary
Leanne Archambault
Andrea Cairns
Philip Delisle
Lisa Enman
Hannah Goodman
Nicole Holden
Stephanie Yee

Reginald D. Evans Fund Scholarship
Heather Caverhill

Gerald Ferguson Memorial Bursary
Joshua Herbin

Film Nova Scotia Production Fund Scholarship
Kirsten Stanley
Justin Tomchuck
Christian MacDonald

Former Student Bursary
Hangoma Atiqullo

Foundation Faculty Bursary
Jade Dumrath
Isaac Fresia
Yu Jia Shi

Kelly Franklin Memorial Bursary
Caitlin Bauman
Siobhan Gallagher
Gwedydd (Erin) Martin

FUNSCAD Scholarship
Jessica Lincoln
Maeve O’Neill Sanger
Aaron Sinclair

FUNSCAD Entrance Scholarship
Madeleine Leroux
Samuel Smith

Ruth Goldbloom Bursary
Jessica Lawther

Hayden Bursary
Theresa Capell

Alan and Christine Hunt Award
Eliot Wright

Ian Langlands Bursary
Kathleen Day
Sasha Sobrino

David Lanier “Big Hat, No Cattle” Sculpture Scholarship
Lynette de Montreuil

Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteerism Award
Hangoma Atiqullo

FUNSCAD Homer Lord Memorial Scholarship
Hye Weon Shim

Bernadette Macdonald Bursary
Jera Dickson

MacKenzie Fund Scholarship
Halley Davies
Maeve O’Neill Sanger
Hana Seo
Margo and Rowland Marshall Award for Painting
Duncan Ferguson
Alexandra Killburn

Margo Rowland Marshall Awards for Printmaking
Nicole Cooper

Margo and Rowland Marshall Award for Product Design
Caitlyn Vachon

Margo and Rowland Marshall Award for Sculpture
Jonathan Dort
Aaron Sinclair

Margo Marshall Award for Textiles
Andrew Rabyniuk

      

Robert G. Merritt Memorial Scholarship
Thirza Fife
Caitlyn Vachon

Barbara Newman Scholarship
Halley Davies

Nova Scotia Power Scholarship
Piper Campbell
Isaac Fresia
Taylor Hickling
Elisa Graham

NSCAD Bursary
Laura Acosta
Leanne Archambault
Catherine Blanchet
Meghan Clarkson
Philip Delisle
Austin Miller
Juan Ortiz-Apuy
John Wasteneys

NSCAD Entrance Scholarship
Rose Durnan

Gordon Parsons Scholarship
Halley Davies

Marie Peacocke Bursary
Amanda MacAulay

Robert Pope Foundation Bursary
Ellen Harley
Thea Reid
John Wasteneys
Jackie Wong

Robert Pope Foundation GraduateScholarship
Mélanie Myers

Robert Pope Foundation Painting Scholarship
Duncan Ferguson
Edward Higney
Alexandra Killburn
Alice MacLean
Maeve O’Neill Sanger
Sasha Sobrino
Damien Worth

Robert Pope Foundation Undergraduate Award
Najet Ghanai
Sasha Sobrino
Rochelle Surette

Prince Edward Scholarship
Alice MacLean

Effie May Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund
Alice MacLean

Scotiabank Scholarship
France Richards

William J. Smith Memorial Scholarship
Caitlyn Vachon

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada Atlantic Chapter Bursary
Caitlin Bauman

Stanish Family Bursary
Gwedydd (Erin) Martin

Sullivan Award in Memory of Mervyn D. Sullivan
Najet Ghanai

SUNSCAD Bursary
Maria Ortega
Lisa Tatlock
Stephanie Yee

SUNSCAD Scholarship for Student Involvement
Najet Ghanai

TIC Diversity Entrance Award
Kenneth Burke
Madeline Watson
Woochang Kim

Harrison McCain Scholarship in Memory of Marion McCain
Alana Caruso-Fitterer
Noah Coyle
April Dean
Derrick Dixon
Miranda Fay
Genevieve Flavelle
Ian Funke-McKay
Amelia Hartin
Jessica Lincoln
Pedram Sazesh
Karolina Szablewska
Mariya Tsehtik
Jackie Wong
Bree Zorel

Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award
Heather DiPinto
Lynette de Montreuil
Sasha Sobrino
Jennie Uhlman
Eliot Wright